MINUTES OF THE REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
TOWN OF LUSK
APRIL 21, 2020
The Town Council of the Town of Lusk met in business session at 5:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of Town Hall on Tuesday April 21, 2020.
Council Members Present: Mayor Doug Lytle, Council Members Rebecca Blackburn, Calvin Carstensen, Tom Dooper, and Dean Nelson
Also Present: Linda Frye, Clerk/Treasurer
Cassandra Matney, Deputy Clerk
Todd Skrukrud, Director of Public Works
Bo Krein, Chief of Police
Dennis Meier, Town Attorney via zoom
The Town presented their meeting via zoom.
MAYOR LYTLE called the meeting to order at 5:00 PM.
Everyone participated in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Mayor Lytle stated that the moderator is Cass for the Zoom meeting and asked everybody if they could hear okay. A thumbs up was given.
COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, to approve the agenda as printed, second by COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN, to approve the minutes from the April 7th, 2020 business meeting. MOTION CARRIED.
Neal Wurdeman representing C&W Leasing stated they are interested in leasing the section of grass between their property line and the airport. They are going to use it mainly to hay it and keep it clean. There might be a possibility of putting some hay on it and clean up the fence in-between the properties. Todd stated that it is west of the access road and is on the airport property and the Town does not use it for anything. If the Council is in favor of this, a lease could be worked up. Mayor Lytle voiced some of his concerns and stated that the property would need to be put back to its original state. COUNCIL MEMBER NELSON MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN, to lease to C&W leasing everything west of the County Road next to their property, for One Hundred Dollars($100.00) a year. MOTION CARRIED.
Chief Krein gave an update on the Police department incidents for the month. K-9 Loki has started his training with Officer Gordon which is not a group setting. With Corvid 19, the police department is trying to keep officers safe but follow protocol as best they can.
Linda Frye thanked the employees that helped with the ballots for mailing for the May 5th Election. Employees who helped were John Eddy, Rory Norberg, Barb Rapp, Todd Skrukrud, James Santistevan, Pete Kruse, and Cassandra Matney with the sorting and the Lusk Post Office for the delivery. Mayor Lytle stated that the Town will be doing an absentee ballot only for the election on May 5th, 2020. Linda reported that the Town has received its 2019 Community Contribution from Wyoming Community Gas in the amount of $5,425.32. The Council thanked Wyoming Community Gas and appreciates their contributions to the Town. Bruce Perryman AVI Engineer will be calling the office on Thursday at 8:45 a.m. to discuss the applications that are submitted to the State Lands and Investment Board for the infrastructure improvement. Mr. Perryman will be talking to Rebecca Webb from State Lands and Investment to clear up what is needed on the applications.
Todd Skrukrud stated that there will bid openings for the Airport Hanger Project on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. with bids due at 2:00 p.m. Streets Department has started patching streets. The lagoons are maxed out and Roger Peterson will start pumping which will lighten the burden of those ponds. The parks and cemetery department has hands on staff and have started mulching and mowing. Todd asked when the Bathrooms can be open at the parks. Council Member Carstensen advised to ask the health officials on that. Council Member Blackburn stated she would ask that question at the meeting tomorrow. Todd is also working on an easement for some underground at the end of 9th Street and looping around to 8th Street to the last alley. He has permission from the landowners, and will get the paperwork to Denny. Todd is going to meet with Roger Peterson tomorrow on the shelter for the park, which the Town has received a donation for, to see if his original bid still stands. Todd asked if there were any plans for the Pool, Golf Course, and Recreation Department, if the Town wants to go on as normal or they want to play it by ear and wait it out. After a brief discussion, the Council will wait for Health Department direction.
There was a discussion on the pool rates for the coming year. A spreadsheet of surrounding town’s rates was reviewed. The Town is low on our annual fees. This item was tabled until the next meeting on May 6th.
Mayor Lytle asked for public comment on the renewal of liquor licenses which are, Retail Liquor License The Silver Dollar, Lusk Liquor Store, Spirits, The Pub; Club Liquor License Elks, Niobrara Country Club; Bar and Grill License The Pizza Place. The Council waited for public comment via zoom. There was no public comment. COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN to approve the Retail Liquor License for The Silver Dollar, Lusk Liquor Store, Spirits, and The Pub. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN SECOND, to approve the Club Liquor License for the Elks and Niobrara Country Club. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN SECOND, to approve the Bar and Grill License for The Pizza Place. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER NELSON, to approve Resolution No. 20-7, A Resolution Authorizing Transfers in the 2019-2020 Fiscal Year Budget to Comply with Wyoming State Statue 16-4-108, Limitation on Expenditures or Encumbrances, Documentation of Expenditures; and Revenues Collected not Foreseen. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN, to approve Resolution No. 20-8, A Resolution to Appoint Vickie Scott, Bernice Lowe and Vicky West as Election Judges for the Municipal Election on May 5th, 2020 to be held by mail in or drop off ballot. MOTION CARRIED.
Mayor Lytle read the letter from Wyoming Child and Family Development, Inc. requesting a local match for providing services for children with disabilities. COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN, to approve the Wyoming Child and Family Development, Inc. request for a local match in the amount of $1,000.00. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER NELSON, to approve the Livestock Permit Renewals for Mike Fitzwater, Annie Thayer, Cody Thompson, and Jason & Becky Blackburn. Council Member Blackburn abstained. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN, to approve the Livestock Permit for Amanda Pavone. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER, to accept the Wyoming Community Gas Index Price with Option to Fix and the Wyoming Choice Gas Program Supplier Delegation Agreement for one year. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER NELSON, to approve the BlueCross BlueShield Employer Selection with no changes. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN, to convene into Executive Session for property acquisition at 5:42 p.m. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER, to reconvene into regular session at 6:15 p.m. MOTION CARRIED.
Mayor Lytle stated we will keep moving forward day to day through Corvid, and hopefully get open. For the community, just hang in there, we are in it together, and we will get through it together.
The next regular meeting will be Wednesday May 6, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. to conduct regular business.
There being no further business to come before the Council, the meeting was adjourned at 6:17 p.m.
Douglas E. Lytle, Mayor
Linda M. Frye, Clerk/Treasurer
Public Notice No. 5431. Published in The Lusk Herald on April 29, 2020.